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New Sounds

African Roots

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Listen to Afrobeat party-band Antibalas, modeled after the great Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band. Plus, music from South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela & pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, & more.

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New Sounds

Afrofunk, Afrojazz & Afropop

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hear the Ghanaian-rooted Afrofunk band KonKoma, (now based in the U.K.), along with recent releases and/or reissues of music from South, East, and West Africa.

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New Sounds

African Roots

Thursday, January 23, 2014

For this New Sounds show, listen to the Afrobeat party band Antibalas, formed in 1998 and modeled the outfit after the late great Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band.  The Brooklyn-based music collective recently released a self-titled effort, the first in five years, featuring the track below, “Dirty Money,” on the heels of their run as house band for the Broadway musical, “Fela!”  

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New Sounds

Afrofunk, Afrojazz & Afropop

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hear the Ghanaian-rooted Afrofunk band KonKoma, (now based in the U.K.), along with recent releases and/or reissues of music from South, East, and West Africa. Sample selections from Zambian miners and minstrels, music from street musicians in Malawi, and some gorgeous acoustic Afropop from Mali.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Antibalas

Friday, October 11, 2013

WNYC

The Afrobeat band Antibalas plays at Roulette Saturday. Download "Dirty Money."

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New Sounds

Schaefer's Top Ten of 2012

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2012. There just might be something by a Brooklyn-based Afrobeat party band, a violinist (usually a classical player) in collaboration with a German improvising pianist, and perhaps something from a cult American singer.  Listen for a vocal octet and a composer who reworked one of the classical music "war horse" works to great effect. 

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    Soundcheck

    Antibalas: Live From The World Financial Center

    Friday, November 23, 2012

    For the second part of the concert, we hear from Antibalas, a Brooklyn group inspired by the late Nigerian saxophonist, singer and bandleader Fela Kuti. Fela pioneered the Afrobeat style in the 1960s and '70s, mixing American funk, infectious horn arrangements -- and political messages aimed squarely at the Nigerian government. His life story was the subject of the recent Broadway musical “Fela" -- (to which members of Antibalas contributed). Hear this high energy performance -- and its unexpected encore.

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    Soundcheck

    Ted Leo, Antibalas Live From World Financial Center

    Friday, November 23, 2012

    For three nights in October, WNYC presented live concerts at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden atrium, with each one hosted by John Schaefer.

    Today on the show, Soundcheck presents the first of the three events, an Afro-centric show. The first set features Ted Leo, from the popular post-punk band Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, interpreting the music of South African pioneer Hugh Masekela. And in the second, Brooklyn's own Afropop big band Antibalas performs original music that carries on the tradition of the late Nigerian saxophonist, singer and bandleader Fela Kuti.

    New York Now

    Listen Live: Antibalas and Ted Leo

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    On Tuesday, October 23 at 8 pm, ET, Q2 Music present a live audio webcast of the dynamic, 12-piece Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas and the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ted Leo interpreting the music of Hugh Masekela.

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    New Sounds

    African Roots

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    For this New Sounds show, listen to the Afrobeat party band Antibalas, formed in 1998 and modeled the outfit after the late great Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band.  The Brooklyn-based music collective just released a self-titled effort, the first in five years, featuring the track below, “Dirty Money,” on the heels of their run as house band for the Broadway musical, “Fela!”  

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    New Sounds

    Afrofunk, Afrojazz & Afropop (Special Podcast)

    Friday, October 19, 2012

    WNYC

    Hear the Ghanaian-rooted Afrofunk band KonKoma, (now based in the U.K.), along with recent releases and/or reissues of music from South, East, and West Africa. Sample selections from Zambian miners and minstrels, music from street musicians in Malawi, and some gorgeous acoustic Afropop from Mali.

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    New Sounds Live

    New Sounds Live with John Schaefer

    Wednesday, October 03, 2012

    WNYC

    The New Sounds Live fall concert series kicks off this October with three nights of free live shows at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, celebrating the WNYC music program Soundcheck, as it launches into its second decade.  The shows themselves are a wide sampling of music, featuring Afrobeat party band Antibalas with indie-punk legend Ted Leo performing the music of Hugh Masekela (October 23), pianist/composer Vijay Iyer with electro-chamber band Victoire (October 24), and The Brooklyn Philharmonic with with Pan Sonatas Steel Orchestra & special guests (October 25.)  John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck and New Sounds, will emcee the shows.

    All performances will be taped for later broadcast on WNYC, and streamed live at Q2 Music.


    EVERY NIGHT IN THE CONCERT SERIES IS FREE!  Shows start at 8PM.

    World Financial Center Winter Garden
    Antibalas / Ted Leo performs Hugh Masekela - Tuesday, October 23rd at 8PM
    Vijay Iyer / Victoire - Wednesday, October 24th at 8PM
    Brooklyn Philharmonic - Thursday, October 25th at 8PM
    220 Vesey Street
    Battery Park City ››› Directions
    Admission FREE

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    New Sounds

    Afrofunk, Afrojazz & Afropop

    Thursday, July 05, 2012

    Hear the Ghanaian-rooted Afrofunk band KonKoma, (now based in the U.K.), along with recent releases and/or reissues of music from South, East, and West Africa. Sample selections from Zambian miners and minstrels, music from street musicians in Malawi, and some gorgeous acoustic Afropop from Mali.

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    Soundcheck

    Gig Alerts: Antibalas

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    Antibalas
    "Government Magic"
    Playing at: Knitting Factory
    (361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg)
    Get: Tickets (SOLD OUT) | Directions

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